Rubber vs. Carpet Car Floor Mats

Making the decision between rubber and carpet floor mats can be difficult, but we at PartCatalog.com use a methodical approach in helping our customers make that decision.  Most customers have an immediate desire or need for one or the other, but we often talk with customers that simply have a difficult time in choosing.  They just know that they want to protect their vehicle’s interior.  So how do you go about deciding between the two?  First, let’s break each of them down.

Rubber vs Carpet Floor Mats

About Rubber Floor Mats

Rubber floor mats or floor liners are easy to clean and provide the best protection for the value.  Made to withstand harsh and dirty climates, if you’re in area with snow or a lot of rain, or typically track in a lot of dirt or debris, your decision may be a no-brainer.

Rubber mats are very easy to clean – typically a quick hose down is all you need and you’re on your way with a clean floor again.

What’s the downside?  Most rubber floor mats are only made in 3 colors – black, gray or tan (although there are some exceptions, like Lloyd's RubberTite mats).  While these colors suit nearly all vehicles on the road, if you want a color other than black, your rubber mats will be a “close” match to your vehicle’s interior but may not be exact.  Though, with a rubber mat a close color match still looks great against your carpets.

About Carpet Floor Mats

Custom fit carpet floor mats are a great alternative to your factory carpet mats, as aftermarket mats usually provide more protection and coverage while coming at a lower cost then your dealership’s mats.  If you don’t typically track in a lot of dirt or grime, but still want to have the floor coverage, a carpet mat may be what you need. 

Available in a wide range of colors (over 50 with the Lloyd Ultimats line), a carefully chosen color will be an extremely close match to your vehicle’s interior.  As a result, this is popular with a lot of show and luxury vehicles.

A wide range of carpet styles are also available in different price ranges, including a “rugged” carpet choice, Berber carpeting, and a luxury plush version.  See the full list of carpet mats here.

Carpet mats can also be embroidered with our selection of car logos, personalized with initials or names, or binded in alternate colors for ultimate personalization.  This is the main reason carpet mats are popular with show and luxury vehicles, especially the Corvette, Charger, and other vehicles from Chevy, GMC, Chrysler, Dodge, Porsche, Saab and more.  See our full list of officially licensed logos here.

Which is Best For You?

As we mentioned before, we try to make it easy to decide if you need rubber or carpet mats.  Take a look at the below comparisons and see which are more applicable to you.

Our recommendation is Rubber Floor Mats if any of the following apply to you:

  • You live in a weather-prone area: rain, sleet, snow or sand
  • You regularly haul dirty cargo (groceries, plants, etc.)
  • Your dogs or other animals like to track in dirt
  • You have a spouse, kids or friends that always seem to have dirty shoes
  • You are really bad about spilling your morning coffee

Likewise, our recommendation is Carpet Floor Mats if:

  • You just want to replace your factory mats
  • Your interior doesn’t get dirty too often
  • You want a more exact match to your interior (more colors to choose from)
  • You have a show or luxury vehicle
  • You want a car make or model logo embroidered on your floor mats
  • You want to personalize your mats with initials, your car’s name, etc.
  • You want custom binding to match seat piping or alternate colors

We hope we’ve made your decision that much easier – if you have any further questions or need more clarification, do not hesitate to contact us here.  Our response times are really fast – you’ll probably have an answer within a couple of hours.

When you’re ready to purchase, click here to explore our rubber mats or here for our carpet mats.  If you’re still deciding or just want to browse all the options, click here to view all our Floor Mat options.